"Courage of the Army" Roman Empire Coin Necklace

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This Late Roman Empire coin dates to the reign of the Emperor Constantius II, son and successor of Constantine the Great. The small copper follis (a Late Empire coin of little monetary value) has been converted into a necklace. The coin's obverse depicts Constantius II as a helmet-wearing, right-facing bust. The legend reads "CONSTANTIVS AVG" which translates to "Emperor Constantius". The coin's reverse depicts a Roman standard with two captives seated on the ground to either side. The coin's edge is inscribed "VIRTVS EXERCIT" which translates to "Courage of the Army". The standard reads "VOT" and "XX", with "SF" above the heads of the captives, translating to "Prayers for 20 Years of Rule". This coin was in circulation in the 350s A.D. It is displayed on a stamped 18k yellow gold decorative bale. The modern rope chain is 14k recycled yellow gold.

We have spent hours researching the origins of this coin; however, numismatics is a complicated subject that one could spend a lifetime studying. We are pretty darn sure, but not 100% certain, that the above information is accurate.

Details.....The chain is 18" long. The coin measures 18.2mm by 17mm, 25mm with bale. In Very Good Antique Condition, the coin shows wear in keeping with its great age. You should always expect some wear on vintage and antique pieces; we consider it part of the charm.

Item #N8225